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California Social Security Disability Insurance

Out of work due to illness or injury? Wondering if you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)? California SSD lawyers help people like you every day get these benefits to secure their livelihoods and health care. The sooner you get the ball rolling, the better.

How Does SSDI Work?

SSDI is part of Social Security—a federal program that provides a safety net for workers. To get SSDI, you must have worked long enough to pay a certain amount of Social Security tax. You also must have a disability that:

  • Prevents you from doing the job you had before
  • Interferes with your ability to do a different job
  • Is expected to last a year or more, or result in death

Some conditions automatically qualify for benefits. Others are considered on a case-by-case basis. Some individuals may even be owed past benefits. An SSDI attorney can assess your case and guide you through the process.

Who Decides Who Gets Benefits?

You apply for SSDI through the Social Security Administration (SSA), but a state agency decides if you get benefits. In California, that agency is the Disability Determination Service Division (DDSD). It is part of the California Department of Social Services. SSA forwards your file to DDSD for approval. So while SSDI is a federal program, it helps to work with a lawyer who knows how this process works in your state.

What if You Are Turned Down?

Not everyone who applies for SSDI gets approved. In fact, many people are turned down every day. If you are one of them, it does not mean all hope is lost. You may be able to file an appeal. An SSDI attorney can help with that, too—even if you did not work with a lawyer when you initially applied.

Locate a Local California SSDI Attorney

A disability can leave you reeling. Do not add to your stress by braving the SSDI application process on your own. Get help from a legal pro who will ensure your case gets a fair review. Call now to speak with a California disability lawyer at 877-913-7222.